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Postdoc positions in Statistics and Data Science

Handelshögskolan vid Umeå universitet




  • Type of employment Temporary position longer than 6 months
  • Extent 100%
  • Place Umeå

The department of Statistics at Umeå School of Business, Economics and Statistics, is looking for postdocs in Statistics, who can perform high quality methodological statistical research. Apply 2021-04-15 at the latest.

The department of Statistics has about 30 members of staff and conducts research within the field of statistics and data science, including both method development and empirical research, the latter in collaboration with scientists from other departments. We offer a research environment with access to national and international networks. Our research profile focuses on development of novel statistical methods and software for the analysis of large and complex data sets. Applications include evaluation of labor market measures, health and quality of health care, as well as large-scale achievement tests. For more information:

Work description
The successful candidate is expected to plan and perform independent research, but also to work in close collaboration with other researchers at the department as well as with researchers from other disciplines. The research should be of relevance to the department research profile. The position also includes teaching at undergraduate and graduate levels in statistics up to 20% of full time.

The starting date for the position is upon agreement, but no later than September 1, 2021. 

Requirements and qualifications
Applicants should have a PhD in statistics/mathematical statistics/data science (or related area). Priority will be given to candidates who have completed their doctoral degree no more than three years before the closing date of the application. A candidate who has completed their degree prior to this may be considered if special circumstances exist. Special circumstances include absence due to illness, parental leave, appointments of trust in trade unions or similar circumstances.

The main assessment criteria for the appointment are documented research skills. The applicant is expected to have documented experience of:

  • Developing statistical methods for the analysis of large and complex data sets.
  • The ability to work independently as well as part of a research group.

In addition, excellent programming skills in relevant languages and excellent communication skills in written and spoken English are required.

You must have good interpersonal skills and be able to work in a focused, flexible and proactive manner. Experience of interdisciplinary research projects and collaboration with scientists from other fields is qualifying.

How to apply
The application should include:

  • A letter of application with a motivation describing your research interests.
  • A proposed research plan (maximum of 5 pages).
  • A Curriculum Vitae.
  • A publication list.
  • Copies of the PhD thesis and relevant publications.
  • Copies of relevant degree certificates and other documentation you wish to include in support of your application.
  • The names, with contact details and e-mail addresses, of at least two reference persons.

The application is to be submitted on the University recruitment system no later than April 15, 2021.

For further information please contact Professor Xavier de Luna, +46(0)90 786 55 59,, Professor Marie Wiberg, +46(0)90 786 95 24,, Professor Marie Eriksson, +46(0)90 786 61 08,

More about USBE
As an internationally respected, nationally influential, and regionally rooted part of Umeå University, Umeå School of Business, Economics, and Statistics contributes to societal development through education and research of a high international standard.

Through interplay with surrounding society, we provide education and research that contributes to the understanding, ability, and responsibility of individuals in relation to societal challenges and the importance of sustainable development.

In collaboration with our surrounding society, we provide education and research that contributes to individuals' understanding, ability and responsibility in relation to societal challenges and the importance of sustainable development. We are AACSB-accredited and sustainability certified according to the environmental management standard ISO14001.

The Department of Business Administration, the Department of Economics, the Department of Statistics and The USBE office form USBE, with about 140 employees. About 3300 students follow our programs every year and we offer education from the undergraduate to the doctoral program level in all of our main disciplines – Business Administration, Economics and Statistics.

The Department of Statistics has about 30 members of staff. We conduct research with the field of Statistical Sciences, both method development and empirical research, in collaboration with other sciences.

Read more about USBE here:

Welcome with your application!


Upon agreement, at latest September 1, 2021


Xavier De Luna, professor

+46 (0)90-786 5559,

Marie Wiberg, professor

+46 (0)90-786 9524,

Marie Eriksson, professor

+46 (0)90-786 6108,

Registration number

AN 2.2.1-159-21


Monthly salary

Union representative


090-786 53 65


090-786 52 96


090-786 54 31




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